Date

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science

Department

Polymer Science and Engineering

First Adviser

Pearson, Raymond

Abstract

Latex coatings have made large bounds in their development and have become a staple in architectural and decorative paints. Recent years have seen large growth in industrial and automotive coatings as well. However, one area that has not seen the same growth is aerosol coatings. While there are many consumer products that use latex resins, many latex resins do not product an acceptable coating from an aerosol. This study investigated many latex resins for their performance as an aerosol coating. The properties of the latex resins were examined for those that became a successful coating and those that did not. Latex properties such as resin type, pH, percent solids, and glass transition temperature were compared. Additionally, the influence of the total coating formulation was also explored. It was found that a far greater amount of resins created from condensation polymers made successful coatings as compared to resins created from addition polymers. Other properties of the latex resins had less correlation to success or failure. Overall, the data suggested that the primary influence of a latex resin’s chances of success as an aerosol coating lies within the makeup of the resin polymer itself.

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